UEFA announces new Women's Champions League format, second-tier competition

UEFA announces new Women's Champions League format, second-tier competition
Grace Fisher
Grace Fisher

The Women's Champions League will follow the "Swiss model" from the 2025-2026 season, while the UEFA will also launch a new second-tier competition, the UEFA announced Saturday after an Executive Committee meeting in Hamburg, Germany.

"The UEFA Executive Committee approved a new format for the UEFA Women's Champions League, consisting of an 18-team league phase with three home and three away matches followed by knock-out rounds," read an official statement.

A "second European competition for women's clubs" will also be in place for the 2025-2026 season. Further details are to be released Monday.

The new format, based off a system in use for chess tournaments, replaces the current four groups of four with one group of 18.

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The UWCL's format has recently faced criticism, as only four teams qualify for the group stage automatically, with the rest going through a playoff system that has eliminated some of Europe's top sides. Last-season semi-finalists Arsenal and Wolfsburg both failed to progress to the group stage this season.

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